As Meek Mill aligns himself with Jay-Z, Van Jones, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and more in the nation’s fight for a fair criminal justice system, he’s also attempting to get his own probation violation case retried. The “Going Bad” rapper and the District Attorney in Philadelphia claim the judge assigned to his case is biased, an argument Meek has been making from the very beginning.
“The D.A.’s Office just filed new docs in Pennsylvania Superior Court stating Judge Brinkley’s appearance of bias has been evident throughout the case … and therefore, Meek should be retried in his probation violation case,” TMZ reports. “You’ll recall, Judge Brinkley sentenced Meek to 2 to 4 years in state prison — which was eventually set aside when Meek was released in April 2018 … promptly boarding a chopper with 76ers owner Michael Rubin. Since then, he appealed and asked for a new trial, but Judge Brinkley shot him down last June … refusing to grant the retrial.”
In documents obtained by the site, the District Attorney is now reportedly on Meek Mill’s side, claiming Judge Brinkley “abused her discretion” when she sentenced him to years behind bars for a technical violation.
“The D.A. calls out Brinkley’s bias against Meek … singling out a surprise visit she made to a homeless shelter where Meek was doing court-ordered community service,” TMZ continues, breaking down the new documents that were filed. “The D.A. points out that’s not what judges do … that’s for probation officers who report back to the judge. According to the docs, Brinkley also “abused her discretion” when she hit him with the 2 to 4-year sentence for “technical violations” of his probation. Still, she has repeatedly refused to recuse herself from the case.”
Hopefully, Meek Mill gets his day in court… but stay tuned.